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Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling out of the public eye

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Analysis: Pence keeps his opinions about gambling out of the public eye

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Republican Gov. Mike Pence has some strong feelings about gambling legislation that’s been passed by the House and is now headed to the Senate. I mean, I think he does. He’s not actually willing to tell me. Or you. Or apparently anyone who’s not a legislator. We’ll find out, […]

Analysis: Republicans & Democrats made good points on school funding

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Analysis: Republicans & Democrats made good points on school funding

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The results are in – and they are not surprising. Months after House Republicans first said they wanted to revamp school funding, the changes have been translated into actual dollars for districts. As expected, growing districts – those in suburban areas – receive more money under the plan and […]

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Analysis: Five things to expect in the House budget plan

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – After weeks of budget hearings and behind-the-scenes debates, House Ways & Means Chairman Tim Brown is about to unveil a two-year state spending plan likely to mean roughly $35 billion for schools, Medicaid and more. So far, Brown – a Republican from Crawfordsville – has been mum about the […]

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Analysis: Number of women in Indiana legislature lags much of nation

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One in five lawmakers at the Indiana General Assembly are women, even though just more than half of Hoosiers are female. It’s a number that ranks the state only 35th in the nation in the proportion of women in the legislature. But does that matter? Yes, says Rep. Christina […]

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Guest column: The man that makes the magic hat

By Mary Beth Schneider Special to TheStatehouseFile.com My father has a magic hat. And it has this amazing power to transform him out of invisibility. It is the World War II veteran’s cap I bought for him last year to wear while he went with Indy Honor Flight and 69 other veterans to Washington D.C. […]

Analysis: Behning case has lessons for all

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Analysis: Behning case has lessons for all

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Ethics questions involving House Education Chairman Bob Behning rose and fell last week in just a matter of days, but the underlying issues shouldn’t go away so quickly. Behning, R-Indianapolis, had proposed to begin lobbying in another state for an education testing company that does business in Indiana and […]

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Commentary: ‘Free’ college? Not so fast

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I have been teaching college for more than a decade, so when President Barack Obama recently announced his plan for free tuition at community college you would have thought I would have been excited. Technically, as someone who is a strong believer in higher education, I should be all on board. […]

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Commentary: Obama reminds Republicans that he’s still the prez

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s good to be the president of the United States. That’s the big lesson from the State of the Union Address – his sixth – that Barack Obama delivered Tuesday night. Just 11 weeks after his Democratic Party got shellacked in the 2014 midterm election, Obama in his hour-long […]

Guest column: BMV needs outside audits to restore public trust

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Guest column: BMV needs outside audits to restore public trust

By Rep. Dan Forestal Special to TheStatehouseFile.com In the ongoing efforts of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles to convince the public that it is worthy of our confidence, the agency’s worst enemy is itself. Consider the following: In August 2013, BMV officials admitted the agency has been overcharging many drivers for their operators’ licenses […]

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Analysis: 5 ways to get involved in the legislative process

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – As the long session of the General Assembly enters it’s third week, lawmakers are gearing up for action on bills that could have a significant impact on the lives of Hoosiers. Bills about education, property taxes, the environment, health care and more are moving through the process, while legislation […]

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